Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 384

Green Dragons Den Final 4 - Sustainable Community Futures

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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Five participants, four dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books, with a chance to win £10,000 for their project.
 
Supported by the Welsh Government
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Event 385

Mario Giordano

How to Write a Digital Thriller

Venue: The Moot
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The thriller writer conducts an open workshop on the extraordinary story of his book Apocalypsis – a European e-publishing phenomenon.
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Event HF137

Jan Fearnley

Harry and the Jaggedy Daggers

Venue: The Hexagon
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Help Harry the harbour mouse take to the sea and discover the magic of Bottlenose Bay before making your own sailor’s hat.
 
5-7 years
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Event HF134

Martin Brown

Horrible Histories

Venue: Big Tent
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The star illustrator behind the phenomenally successful series takes a blood-curdling look at history from the Savage Stone Age to the Barmy British Empire via the Measly Middle Ages and Slimy Stuarts.
 
9+ years
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Event HF136

Val McDermid

My Granny is a Pirate!

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Take a good long look at your granny...could she be a pirate? Join this acclaimed writer as she introduces her first book for children and helps polish up our pirate-speak.
 
3-5 years
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Event 386

Chris Wood

Venue: The Sound Castle
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Folk Singer of the Year and Best Original Track at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011 and 2009. ‘Un-showy charm…talented interpreter of traditional material…bewitching... possessed of a timeless quality…’- Sarah Boden, Observer Music Monthly
 
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Event 387

The Gospel of Us – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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The film version of the Passion play starring Michael Sheen and written by Owen Sheers that was performed throughout Port Talbot in Easter 2011. A town is in thrall to a sinister and ruthless corporation intent on plundering the town's natural resources. Two sides are at war and catastrophe appears inevitable until a softly spoken man mysteriously arrives. Revealed as The Teacher (Michael Sheen), he gathers followers around him and becomes a focus for the Resistance and is perceived by the powers as a danger who must be removed at all costs. Directed by Dave McKean.
 
UK, 2012, 118’. PG. See also events 65.
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Event HF138

Easy Peasy Cookery School

Venue: The Mess Tent
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The fantastic team behind Local to Ludlow return to Hay with their mobile culinary school. Using locally sourced ingredients they teach children how to cook delicious snacks from scratch.
 
Duration 60 mins.   10-14 years
 
Each young person attending this workshop without an accompanying adult must fill in the Permission Form available for download here. Please send the form in advance to admin@hayfestival.org and bring a copy on the day.
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Event T34

Cool Fossil Music Foundation

Guitar Rock Riffs and Lead

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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Ways to wield your axe with solos and shredding.
 
Duration 60 mins14+ years
 
Each young person attending this workshop must fill in the Permission Form available for download here. Please send the form in advance to admin@hayfestival.org AND bring a copy on the day.
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Event 388

Andrew Marr

The Diamond Queen

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The journalist celebrates the monarch’s jubilee, looking at her relationships with Prime Ministers, the Commonwealth, the media and her people.
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Event 389

Nicholas Crane and Jerry Brotton

The Man who Mapped the Planet

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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We salute the 500th anniversary of the birth of Gerardus Mercator, the greatest cartographer of all time; the man who coined the word ‘atlas’ and solved the riddle of converting the three-dimensional globe into a two-dimensional map while retaining true compass bearings.
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Event 390

Tom and Henry Herbert

The Fabulous Baker Brothers

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Tom is a master baker who runs the famous Hobbs House Bakery that has been the family business for five generations. His brother Henry is the acclaimed chef who runs the Hobbs House Butchery right next door. They’re fabulous.
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Event 391

Bettany Hughes, Tom Holland, Tim Whitmarsh, Charlotte Higgins

The Greeks 4 - Sparta vs Athens

Venue: Big Tent
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The classicists balloon-debate the strengths of the two superpower city States who fought the Peleponnesian War 431-404 BC - the artistic Athenian democracy and the military oligarchy in Sparta.
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Event 392

Philip Gross

Deep Field

Venue: Digital Stage
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The TS Eliot Prize-winning poet introduces his new collection. In his nineties, Gross’s father, a wartime refugee, began to lose his several languages, first to deafness, then to profound aphasia. Deeply thought as well as deeply felt, these poems reach into that gulf to find him - through recovery of histories both spoken and unspoken as well as an excavation of the spoken word itself. Chaired by Kathryn Gray.
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Event 393

Jan Blake with Kouame and Raymond Sereba

The Old Woman, The Buffalo, and the Lion of Manding – Part 2

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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See Part 1 – event 339 for details. It is not necessary to see part 1 in order to enjoy part 2.
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Event T35

Moira Young, Julianna Baggott and Saci Lloyd

Future Imperfect

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Blood Red Road, Pure and Momentum are all powerful commentaries on our world and thrilling narratives. Their award-winning writers will discuss strong heroines, dystopias and The Hunger Games.
 
14+ years
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Event T36

Cool Fossil Music Foundation

Basic Bass

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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How to hold it all together and lock in with the beat.  
 
Duration 60 mins.  14+ years
 
Each young person attending this workshop must fill in the Permission Form available for download here. Please send the form in advance to admin@hayfestival.org AND bring a copy on the day.
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Event 394

Misha Glenny

DarkMarket: CyberThieves, CyberCops and You

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The author of McMafia explores three fundamental threats facing us in the C21st: cyber-crime, cyber-warfare and cyber-industrial espionage. Governments and the private sector are losing billions of dollars fighting an ever-morphing, super-smart new breed of criminal.
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Event 395

Gillian Clarke

The Lapidus Reading

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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In a special preview session the National Poet of Wales reads and discusses her forthcoming poetry collection ICE. Chaired by Fiona Hamilton of Lapidus, the UK organisation for creative writing and reading for health and wellbeing.
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Event 396

Thelma Schoonmaker talks to Simon Schama

A Life in Film

Venue: Big Tent
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A conversation with the film editor who has worked with Martin Scorsese for forty years. Her credits include Hugo, Gangs of New York, and Goodfellas. She has won three Oscars – for Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed. She was married to the late film director Michael Powell.
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